Our community reaches another milestone as Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church celebrates the 50th anniversary of the church's establishment. Fifty years ago, there were 90 Catholic families in the Maryland City area. Representatives met in a Maryland City home to discuss bringing the families together and creating a local church.
Initially the church members, known as the Catholic Community of Maryland City, pooled resources to buy a house on the corner of Elkton South and Horsehead South. They dug out a separate entrance to the basement and held daily Masses there with the Rev. Hughesman from St. Lawrence parish in Severn.
Eventually the parish grew to needing a bigger, Sunday worship space and began worshipping in the movie theater in Laurel. By that time, the Catholic Community of Maryland City chose the name Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church and the Rev. Richard Mitchell became the first pastor. The church then contacted a real estate agent and connected with Helen McGarvey Saul, the owner of Delta Bingo at the time, and began celebrating Sunday Masses at the Bingo Hall on the corner of Brock Bridge Road, thus earning its nickname of St. Bingo's.
Helen became quite a friend to the church, never accepting the rent check from the church, instead matching the check amount and returning two checks to the church community each time.
Eventually the parish saved enough money to consider building a church of its own. The families thought of building on Old Line Avenue south of Rhodesdale South since the area was vacant at the time, but parking concerns led the families to look elsewhere, eventually finding 30 acres of the Burns Farm available. The church currently stands on that property and celebrated its first Mass in the current location on Christmas Eve 1970.
The church will hold a 50th Anniversary Gala Saturday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Carriage Room at Laurel Park. Archbishop William Lori from the Baltimore Archdiocese will join the celebration. A social hour kicks off the celebration with hors d'oeuvres and music by the Shades of Blue Orchestra. Afterward dinner and a program honoring the founding members will take place. Tickets to the gala are $50 each. You can even be a sponsor for the event. Choose the gold level and receive a full-page ad in the program along with four tickets to the gala for $1,000; or choose the silver level and receive a half-page ad and two tickets to the gala for $500. You can also choose to be an individual sponsor for $25 and write a four-line message in the program. If you are unable to attend, you can still participate by buying a ticket or two and donating them. For information, contact gala coordinator Corrine Mohnasky at 410-792-7982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As mentioned last column, the West Arundel Swim Club celebrates its 50th anniversary Monday, Aug. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. All members are invited to enjoy a free dinner at the pool. To participate, please RSVP by Sunday, Aug. 3, to the gate attendant at the pool. Also, plan to purchase your crab feast tickets for the 14th annual West Arundel Swim Club Crab Feast. This event is open to everyone, members and non-members in the community. Enjoy all-you-can-eat crabs, corn and a delicious buffet as well as a dip or two in the pool. Doors open at 5 p.m. and crabs will be served 5:30-8:30 p.m. with the pool remaining open until 10 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 4. Prices are $40 (ages 13 and over), $20 (ages 9 to 12) and $10 (ages 8 and under).
The West Arundel Swim Team congratulates its Prince-Mont Swim League All-Star swimmers. The following swimmers represented West Arundel Swim Team last Saturday at the event in Bowie: Noah McMahon (7), Michael Venit (9), William Kendrick (10), Jay Venit (15), Andrea Sturgis (16), Ryan Webb (17) and Kellianne Venit (18). Top finishers included Michael (second fly and fourth breaststroke); William (second breaststroke, fourth back) and Jay (fourth breaststroke). Also, West Arundel Swim Team senior swimmer Kellianne received the girls Prince-Mont Spirit Scholarship award sponsored by the Swim Club Insurance Program. Curt Dumbleton from the Swim Club Insurance Program drove down from New Jersey to present the award (a plaque and check) during the All-Star Meet.
Join the Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department Saturday, Aug. 2 for a Longaberger Basket Bingo to benefit the fire department. Doors open at 5 p.m., so you can pick your lucky seat and enjoy the food available for purchase. Then, settle into your seat for the games beginning at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets for $21 and up. Discounts are available for reservations.